Oklahoma City: Be Prepared for an Auto Accident!
Know what to do in the event of an accident!
Immediately following an automobile accident, things can be chaotic and confusing. Being prepared in advance and knowing what to do when you’ve been the victim of an accident can lessen that confusion and chaos. It can also help preserve your rights and protections, while ensuring that injuries are identified, evaluated and treated so you can get relief and recovery.
At Accident Care and Treatment Center, Inc., we’re dedicated to making sure you’re okay after an accident, and to providing the care you need to get diagnosed, treated and back to your life. So we’ve developed these tips to help you be prepared, in case you’re involved in an auto accident:
- 1. Stay calm
- 2. Assess the damage
- 3. Call the police
- 4. Get the facts
- 5. Take — and make — pictures
- 6. Call your insurance agent
- 7. Limit discussion of the accident
- 8. Call (405) 896-3750 to see a medical doctor
Take a deep breath and try to keep a level head. It can be hard to think clearly after an accident, but it’s important to do so. Remember: panic can affect others and can worsen the situation.
Determine the extent of the damage, starting with any injuries requiring immediate medical attention (if so, call 911). But remember that injuries can remain hidden for weeks or months.
For any accident, even a minor one, call the police and file an accident report. Don’t leave the accident scene until the report is filed.
Get the names, phone numbers and addresses of those involved in the accident, along with insurance information and vehicle identification numbers (VIN). Also try to get a description of the vehicle, its license plate number and contact info for passengers and witnesses.
Take photographs of the accident scene with your camera or cell phone. Also, draw a sketch of how the accident occurred. Memories can fade and change. These concrete images avoid that problem.
Call your agent or insurance company from the scene of the accident, if possible. The insurance agent may want to speak to the police officer.
Discuss the accident only with the police and your insurance agent. Discussing it with others can affect your (and other people’s) thinking, muddying the story. Limit discussion, and admit no fault or liability.
Even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt, you may have been. Call (405) 842-3209, or simply walk in to Accident Care and Treatment Center to get experienced evaluation and care from real doctors who know auto accidents.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (405) 896-3750. You can also schedule an appointment using our easy online form.